sleeping-car. Among them Ivan Osokin, a young man about twenty six. Osokin is visibly agitated although he tries not to show it. Zinaida is talking to her brother. Strange Life of Ivan Osokin. Commentary by John Pentland. Although so deeply committed to writing that he often said, not altogether jokingly, that it was. But this evening, typing up my thoughts on P.D. Ouspensky’s Strange Life of Ivan Osokin (I’m not sure why there’s no definite article, but no.

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The preaching at the end was justified, since it was sharp and straight to the poin Eh, not altogether bad. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: This is a very thought-provoking story. It would also make this novel more accessible; I spent many years trying to track it down before finding it for a dollar at a clearance sale.

Strange Life of Ivan Osokin

Published November 1st by Penguin Books first published And it’s actually ivxn a quick read. Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles containing Russian-language text All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from July Articles to be expanded from July All articles to be expanded Articles with empty sections from July All articles with empty sections Articles using small message boxes All stub articles.

Wrestling with his decision not to go, he writes her every day, but receives only sporadic responses. Most of his choices are negations, the lack of action, but worse than that is he lives his life over and over, between the ages of 14 and 26, without the possibility of changing any outcome. Nov 19, michel rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is entirely possible that it uses the same translation as the first English edition, which was published in ; this might help explain the occasionally stilted and precious passages which hamper the text just a little.


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You should meet Ivan Osokin. Read this years ago and have always wanted to write a YA novel following its theme of eternal recurrence. Ivan Osokin is seeing the girl he loves off at the station; he can’t accede to lsokin requests that he accompany her as he’s almost broke. Lists with This Book. Stunningly executed, and no, Groundhog Day does not equate.

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Retrieved from ” https: Cool tone, very enjoyable and very fast read. Note, though the Goodreads entry lists the author as Pyotr Uspensky, he is more commonly referred to in the anglicized version osokjn his name, P. Did you really freely choose the career you’re in, among all the possible careers in the world?

Osokin, now about 14, has all the memories of his past-future, but almost immediately begins to make the same choices over and over again. I don’t know if we uvan free will, I wonder about it, and there are many philosophers and scientists on both sides of the arguments, so I’m not alone. Also the osokkn was fittingly strange. And she warns she won’t wait for him more than a couple of months.


Strange Life of Ivan Osokin by P. Nov 30, Sally rated it really liked it Shelves: I found this book to be odd and frustrating.

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Either way, it invites the question of why Ouspensky would tell his story in this fashion. Much of the book was really quite painful for me to read, in part because Osokin is so relentlessly pathetic — but at the same time, he and his situation are horribly relatable.

Trivia About Strange Life of I Dec 06, Scot rated it really liked it Shelves: But he discovers that because human choices tend to be mechanical, changing the outcome of one’s actions is extremely difficult.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The title derives the experience of Ivan Osokin living and then reliving his life again in exactly the same way but with prior knowledge of his past mistakes the second time. The main oaokin has the chance to go back 12 years in life and struggles to do anything different no matter how much he wants to.